Florida attorney general meets works to combat opioid epidemic

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody recently met virtually with representatives from several medical associations to discuss the national opioid crisis.

Topics discussed included how patients can safely store and dispose of unused or expired prescription opioids, materials available to help spread awareness, and advancements in the fight to end the opioid epidemic.

“The perception is that opioid users make back-alley deals to buy illegal substances from shady drug dealers, but today’s user is more likely to gain access to opioids from a friend or family member—either by simply asking or by pillaging through medicine cabinets for unused or expired prescription opioids,” Moody said. “As part of today’s meeting, we discussed resources for patients to use to learn about safely storing and disposing of unwanted prescriptions and how we can best work together to spread the word about these best practices to stop drug abuse and save lives.”

Moody also spoke about the state’s online tool, DoseOfRealityFL.com, that launched a year ago to help educate Floridians about the dangers of misusing prescription painkillers and other opioids, such as heroin and fentanyl.  It provides residents with information on opioid addiction, the location of safe drug-take back disposal sites, and resources and treatment.

The attorney general asked that the medical associations share this information with association members.  Her goal is to reduce the supply of unnecessary opioids.